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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
|By Sati.||Tuesday, September 25, 2012||2012, Adventure, Comedy, M, Moonrise Kingdom, movie, review, Romance, Wes Anderson|
For me the most important thing in a movie are the characters. They don't necessarily have to be likable, but they should be interesting. Even if the movie is awful, if there is a single character you love watching you won't hate the movie. The problem with Moonrise Kingdom is that it only has two characters I genuinely liked - Edward Norton's Scout Master Ward and Bruce Willis's Captain Sharp - and they are not featured enough in this movie. Instead, we follow lifeless and boring adventures of two kids " in love".
Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) are both twelve years old, they are misunderstood and don't have any friends. They meet during the show where Suzy plays the raven and become pen pals. They come up with a plan to escape together. The problem here is that in their scenes, I felt absolutely no connection between the two. It's not actors' fault, in fact they were trying their best and seeing how this was their first acting job they were very impressive. However, the script is so weak here that the justification "they are both outsiders who found each other" doesn't work at all. In fact, they don't even appear to like each other yet they are supposed to be in love!
Watching Moonrise Kingdom and to be specific watching their scenes, felt as if someone was putting those comic speech bubbles I put in my graphics on the movie itself. It's like when they were dancing and kissing I was supposed to buy the fact they are in love because the plot and characters tell me so. It is not how it works. We are supposed to feel emotions with the characters, not merely being informed about their feelings. Also the scenes depicting their intimacy were cringe worthy and I felt really uncomfortable by the fact twelve year old girl was shown so prominently parading in her underwear.
The redeeming points of the movie? Well, we have cinematography - it is absolutely beautiful and as with all of Anderson's films every single shot is meticulously planned. There are details everywhere, placed very carefully that make each shot feel so alive. Unfortunately, the beautiful style of the movie only reveals the ugliness of the half-ass script. The music by Alexandre Desplat works well with the film, but as his recent works is disappointing - I initially liked the soundtrack, but after few listens it's really unremarkable. Desplat has been spoiling his talent for years now favoring quantity over quality.
But the two biggest highlights are Edward Norton and Bruce Willis as the scout and a cop who are looking for the escaped couple. Norton hasn't been this good in years - he is sweet, heartbreaking and adorable, so adorable even he is one of those characters you wish you could hug, He is a genuinely kind person who cares about the kids as does Captain Sharp - who is equally lonely as Scout Master. When these two were on screen it was almost like a different movie - that is much better, engaging and fun movie.
(2012, 94 min)
Plot: Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, a young boy - Sam, who is an orphan and just escaped scout camp - and girl - Suzy, who feels misunderstood by everyone in her life - fall in love and decide to run away from their problems together. They are being pursued by the scouts, the police officer, Suzy's parents and social services, while the dangerous storm is approaching.
Director: Wes Anderson
Writers: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward and Bruce Willis